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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Blocking the Pirate Bay Worked So Well...

Its still only 1 click, or 2 at most, away. Who advises the idiots in charge, more idiots?

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Advanced Motoring

"If you're not careful you'll have someone to close behind you running into you!"

Then the inconsiderate arseholes better have insurance or I'll hunt them down and they'll end up paying for it in other ways!

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: "keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

If only the article was accompanied by photos where you could see for yourself. One with the device in someones hand at a slight angle would have been especially useful. Sadly I guess we'll never know.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Excellent

Its gems like this that make the slog trawling through the El Reg comments totally worth it! Bravo Firu Toddo.

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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Re: The HTC One Android

Are you on about BlinkFeed, which is nothing more than essentially a fancy looking RSS reader and can be removed from the home screen? If so you really must try harder when trolling.

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'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter

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Re: Plods really are dumb

So there is no such thing as free WiFi in coffee shops, bars, fast food outlets and a myriad of other places, many of which can be used from outside the premises, where one can anonymously use the internet?

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

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As much as I hate to admit it...

...that was my first thought too.

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Meters

From the article:

"The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association argues that the mobile app is basically just a form of taxi meter, which private cars and minicabs aren’t legally allowed to have."
Is this just a London thing? All the private hire firms where I live (Staffordshire) have integrated meters in the little GPS enabled devices that the drivers can accept jobs and recieve short messages (amongst other things) through. The same firms now use automated telephone lines (which remembers the last few pickup points if you've used them before) or Apps with which you can book a taxi, then see where it is, and it tells you what the car is, its reg and the drivers name (or the same info is sent to your mobile as an SMS if you booked via a call).

Perhaps London cabbies should try moving with the times instead of bringing things to a standstill?

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Hackers ZERO IN on ZOMBIE XP boxes: Get patching, Internet Explorer 8 users

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Next time...

...the plumber is around your house can you send him round mine? I'm sure you won't mind picking up the bill too would you?

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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I like Elon.

He's got brains, big ideas and balls. He actually seems to want to improve our lot and is prepared to put his money and his name on the line in the pursuit of doing just that (and make a few quid for himself along the way of course).

I just hope to $deity that he doesn't decide that being an evil genius would be much more fun else I reckon we're all screwed!

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Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

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Call me cynical...

...but I suspect that DNT is too successful, with more people opting in than expected, and, with Yahoo! not being what it once was, its buggering up their ability to maximise advertising revenue exactly when they need it. I'm guessing - not being in the advertising industry - that advertisers, in these cost concious times, want to know exactly where their money is going and its being spent hitting the correct eyeballs rather than just being splurted out willy-nilly. By choosing to obey a users wish to not be tracked Yahoo! are probably losing out compared to those services that couldn't care less about DNT and can offer more attractive and effective targetted advertising packages than the Purple Palace can. Its not like Yahoo! can afford let this happen, hence DNT - surprise, surprise - "does not work".

Of course, this is all conjecture and I may be way off base, but I can't see any other reason for Yahoo! to ditch DNT and resume following people around the interwebs in a dirty brown mac, notepad in hand, jotting down everywhere you go and everything you look at.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Re: I think I'll dust them off just for kicks

You still have a PPC A4000T and a Video Toaster? I officially hate you! ;)

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

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Re: So What.

"My ps3 never updates, I pay for ps+ and it does it at 3am each morning automatically..."
Never? What does your PS3 automatically do at 3am?

Some people.....

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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

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"Don't you need a google account to use the play store?"
Do you need to use the Play store?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Re: Prior Art

The problem with that app is Apple have an army of weasels that would argue that black is white, up is down and that particular app is/was for email and not SMS; Email 'n Walk

The Android app meanwhile works with everything, including SMS apps, so is probably a better bet to claim prior art with.

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Prior Art

There's already an app for Android, called Transparent Screen, that does this by taking the entire phones screen - no matter what the app, so SMS apps are included - reduces its alpha by a user specified amount and composites it over the camera feed. And its been available since before 2012, when Apple submitted the patent.

I just may go and make a prior art claim with the USPTOs online service! *runs and hides from the incoming shit storm from Apple fanbois!* :D

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Re: NFG

Having never heard of "No Factory Guarantee" my first thought as to what NFG stood for was actually "No F*cking Good". Perhaps its just the way some people are wired? :)

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Speaks Volumes

"This was a hack," Assistant US Attorney Glenn Moramarco (inarticulately) argued. "He had to decrypt and decode, and do all of these things I don't even understand."
Words fail me!

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Re: Bet it's Belgium

I realise you're only joking but Stella in the UK is actually produced in the UK and tastes like piss compared to the stuff that is brewed in Leuven, Belgium. I used to have my French ex bring me back some of the real deal, amongst other weird and wonderful brews, every time she went home to visit her parents.

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Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

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How long does it take to draw graphics that aren't going to prompt a "friendly" letter from Nintendo?

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USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec

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Re: Oh no, not again...

Without looking I'm going to guess that XKCD is the "Now theres 15 competing standards" one?

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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Re: It was a swarm of them

Yep, first thing I thought too.

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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On the upside...

... there is a politician that gets "it". On the downside the Japanese have a proverb about a "nail that sticks out..."

Still, at least it proves that there are some politicos that aren't afraid to speak out in the face of absurdity. Shame there isn't more.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: @David W

"Sadly he tends to be more successful at dragging me down a level than I am at getting him to improve his game."
As the saying goes: "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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Coffee/keyboard

It wasnt on earlier...

... or so I was told. Honest!

// Lets just say that's coffee! ;)

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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I've never heard of that before, sounds interesting. Care to elaborate, or at least point in the right direction?

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

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Hang on a minute...

Apple have managed to get a patent granted for predictive text? What the f*ck are the USPTO playing at?

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Wow...

...I've never seen such consensus in the El Reg comments. Not a single comment has been downvoted at the time of this post... Apart from the one that appeared after I read the final comment! lol

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: OEMs lack of innovation

@Newt_Othis: Actually, I must confess, I did think to myself, while I was typing it, that a hinged keyboard with a CD/DVD drive hidden underneath would be pretty cool.

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Re: OEMs lack of innovation

"unusable touchpad, clicking everywhere on its own unless you disable the press/click explicitly"
Never had this problem on any laptop. Ever. Perhaps you've got massive, clumsy, sausage fingers?
"same connectors, only differentiated by speed (USB1/2/3), numbers and position"
What a bunch of b*stards! Fancy including prolific connections which caters for pretty much everything you can plug into a computer these days and upgrading them when upgrades become available. We should all still be using RF modulators, serial and parallel ports, and IDE drives.
"same buttons for sound volume"
I often lament that there isn't a myriad of buttons to perform the functions of turning something up and down. Why don't laptops come with a wheel/knob attached to a pot, or provide 100 buttons (0-100) to control volume? Now that would be innovative!
"same inability to go suspend and resume properly"
What the f*ck are you smoking?
"same 3 screens size: 13 15 and 17 inches"
Yeah, absolutely. Imagine a world where laptops have been produced with 9, 10.1, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 19 inch screens? It would be chaos, fortunately its never going to happen.
"same "die the 14th month" battery, just after guaranty end"
You should live where I do, we have battery fairies here. The battery in my NC10 is still working 6 years after I purchased it. Must be those fairies. Although I do wish they'd replace each one with a battery of the same capacity instead of steadily reducing it each time its replaced. It now only lasts 3 hours instead of the original 8.
"same CD/DVD player in a slack drawer, that ejects the CD/DVD or the full drawer anytime you press the button"
Couldn't agree more. It preposterous that a button that is pressed performs the function for which it was intended. What we should have are CD/DVD drives that are accessible by having the keyboard hinged and the CD/DVD disc pops in under there. At the very least, if using buttons to perform the function, there should be a prompt that appears on screen asking you if you'd like to eject, then another asking you if you're sure, then the drive pops open and then closes itself because its not actually sure you were sure you were sure.

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Let Google's tentacles fondle your mobile's web downloads and Chrome will put the data on a diet

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Re: It's a nice idea, but...

Sounds like a new twist on "If you have nothing to hide..."

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Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook

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Re: Fanny Like a Hippo's Yawn

Like throwing a sausage up an alley.

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Switched off...

... before I even finished reading the article... Along with their new setting to automatically show all images for all messages. Didn't get the email either, even though the setting was there, so Google bullshitting with that one too.

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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Re: Photo

Nope, its not you. I was going to say that the quality of El Reg articles has gone down recently but then I've just remembered its Mad Friday, so they've probably started early in the El Reg offices >>>>>>>>>>

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Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default

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Re: Party like its 2003...

Mary Jane Bogart wrote:

"been running FF, with NoScript, AdblockPlus, Ghostery, Cookie Monster, and FlashBlock for many years
Why do you have NoScript and FlashBlock? NoScript blocks Javascript, Java and Flash. In fact, according to the FlashBlock addon page, FlashBlock does not work with NoScript installed. Also, AdBlockPlus is largely redundant as the combination of NoScript and Ghostery blocks 99.9% of adverts anyway. Well, this seems to be the way it works for me as I have NoScript and Ghostery, but not AdBlockPlus, and haven't seen an advert for years.

You do seem to be missing one addon though: BetterPrivacy. Even though you have Cookie Monster installed BetterPrivacy prevents (NoScript allowed) Flash from leaving LSOs (so-called "super cookies") on your computer which can be used to track you just like a normal Cookie, only they're more persistent as most (all?) browsers don't have the built-in capacity to delete them and they can be used to re-populate normal cookies. While Ghostery does have the capacity to delete LSOs on exit, it doesn't give you the possibility of keeping some LSO's, and deleting all the rest, like BetterPrivacy does. For example you may actually want to keep YouTubes Flash LSOs, with BetterPrivacy you can choose to do so however Ghostery simply nukes all LSOs.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...

AC wrote:

"The clever ones rely on GPS for flying home, so I suspect there may be an issue if you zap its ability to know where it is"

Is it not possible to flood a GPS receiver so it thinks its moving even though its not? For example if the drone is flying north then would it be possible to bombard it with a signal that keeps changing as if the drone is flying north, even though its actually now stationary? Monitor it enough for course corrections to keep it (relatively) in one spot and eventually it should land, thinking its reached its destination.

Thats how I'd theoretically do it, nowhere near where I lived of course, if I was so inclined.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Re: are friends electric?

Jess wrote:

"Windows 8.x partially good, partially incredibly annoying. A bit like having a splinter in your finger."
A splinter in your finger is partially good?? Which OS is a paper cut then?

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Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

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Now we know...

...what all those Bitcoins various agencies have confiscated are for!

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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

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Re: Ah Cyanogen... (I wish)

Are you sure there isn't a version of Cynanogen for your phone? There may not be an official Cynanogen ROM, available from the Cyanogen website, but have you tried the S3 I9305 section over at XDA Developers? There is [ROM][GT-I9305][KitKat][4.4] CyanogenMod 11.0 Unofficial and [ROM][GT-I9305][JB][4.3.1] CyanogenMod 10.2 official nightlies which are just the first two I've plucked from the first page of that section of the forum so there may be many more, as well as other custom ROMs.

There was never an official Android port for my HTC HD2, as it came with Windows Mobile, nor a Cyanogen ROM for it, but thanks to the guys over at XDA Devs thats exactly what I've got on it now. Incidentally it gave my phone a new lease of life and its still going strong now.

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FIERY DEATH awaits all who stroke mobes mid-flight? Nope, says FAA

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Re: Nothing unsafe? Don't be so sure...

Ah, it would appear that I didn't read that part of the OPs comment, please accept my humblest apologies sir. In my defence I tend to skim read most of the comments, thanks in part to the many threads that descend into Android Vs iPhone or Windows Vs Linux Vs Mac shouting matches. Still, my bad.

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Re: Nothing unsafe? Don't be so sure...

What does any of that have to do with the article?

"the FAA has ruled that so long as devices don't use radio or cellular connections then there is no danger in using them"
Did you miss that part? The FAA aren't suggesting there is "nothing unsafe" about using electronic devices with cellular/radio capabilities in flight, just that it is safe to use them with those capabilities disabled. However, having said that, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that devices with cellular/radio capabilities are being used, or at least forgotten to be disabled, in flight and yet there are still no 500mph tubes of fiery doom plummeting from the skies.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Re: Unlimited limit!?!

Cliff wrote:

"I never normally make it past 60GB"
Never normally, so you do occasionally? What are you downloading to (ocassionally) bust 60GB a month on a mobile network? Thats a hell of a lot of Linux ISOs on a imprecisely locatable, potentially untraceable network connection! ;)

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Four-year-old nipper triumphs

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Top Marks El Reg!

You've definitely done the right thing. Congrats to Ariadne.

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'With free Mavericks, we are turning the industry ON ITS EAR'

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@John Tserkezis, Re: <3 Apple innovation

Time to buy a new sarcasm meter I think.

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Just HALF of 10m iPhone, Android BlackBerry BBM app downloads activated

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Re: Competition Lacking?

Thank you for making yourself the perfect example of exactly the kind of self important prick with a serious superiority complex I was alluding to.

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

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Re: What you call yourself can change your basic rights?

Thank you Don, for bring that Wiki page to my attention. I actually cried with laughter at some of the stuff he got up to... the world could do with a few more proper characters like that!

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BT's mobe interference claim laughed off air by ad watchdog

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Re: BT partly right

Roland 6 wrote:

"Number of SSIDs isn't a reliable indicator of the number of physical APs..."
Indeed. BT, for a while now, have been pushing out three per router (as well as the normal SSID there is the BT Fon and OpenZone stuff). VMs SuperHubs have the ability to push out three too, the normal SSIDs and two guest SSIDs. Conversely, there's APs that have SSID broadcast switched off too, which don't appear during a scan but still take up space.

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Re: Hub 3

David Austin wrote:

"apart from possibly Sky's new FTTP Box"
Perhaps my Google-Foo is slipping but I can't seem to find any evidence that Sky has a FTTP product? As far as I can tell Sky have even admitted that their only option is FTTC and won't be rolling out FTTP any time soon.

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Kim Jong-un battles flag-waving Brits

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What a fantastic offer. If I could send you a pint I would.

Come on El Reg, you know it makes sense! Sod the competition. You never know, contributing to Vulture 2 might just inspire her to follow a career in something amazing!

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